Friday Lit Links

  • Mia Couto. Photo by Shevaun Williams
    March 27, 2015 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Mia Couto. Photo by Shevaun Williams News, Reviews, and Interviews  Jonathan Stalling, deputy editor in chief of our sister publication Chinese Literature Today, joins in this radio conversation on PRI to discuss Chinese poetry and whether its entering a new golden age. Two 2012 Neustadt Prize jurors have books that made the 2015 PEN/Open Book Award longlist. Rabih Alameddine’s An U...
  • Jane Hirshfield. Photo by Nick Rosza
    March 19, 2015 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Jane Hirshfield. Photo by Nick Rosza News, Reviews, and Interviews Brand new literary translation publisher Deep Velllum is picking up momentum. The publisher has just released the first of legendary Mexican author Sergio Pitol’s books translated into English. Read more about how this publisher is changing the literary arts landscape in Dallas.  In this new interview on NPR’s All Things Cons...
  • March 12, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews  March 8 was International Women’s Day. This list gives a brief background into the 13 women who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature since its start in 1901.  Harvard University Press and the Murty Classical Library of India have combined forces to translate and publish volumes of classical South Asian texts from 2,000 years ago.  One of the frequent book reviews...
  • March 6, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews To kick off National Reading Month, Time magazine compiled a list of 15 life-changing books you can read in one day. Over 150 international poets, authors, and translators gathered for a conference on Vietnamese literature and discussed how to export their culture to other parts of the world. The New Yorker ponders the recently growing trend of name...
  • February 27, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews A historian unearthed new work from Sherlock Holmes found in his attic. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the short story as a fundraiser to help save a town bridge. The U.S. Postal Service will honor Maya Angelou with a forever stamp in the near future. Four authors were asked, “What is “Asian American literature?” in a roundtable discussion centered on their work and in...
  • February 20, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Turns out Harper Lee isn't the only one with unpublished manuscripts. Three more works by Dr. Seuss were recently discovered. Dr. Seuss’s What Pet Should I Get will come out in July. United States poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine died last week at the age...
  • February 13, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The Israel Prize for Literature might not be granted this year because all of the judges resigned to protest the Prime Minister’s Office. The Folio Prize announced its 2015 shortlist, which includes Ben Lerner, Miriam Toews, Jenny Offill, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Akhil Sharma, Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín, and Rachel Cusk. 1996 Neustadt Prize Laureate Assia...
  • February 6, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Up at Words Without Borders this week, Suzanne Jill Levine remembers all of the times she sat down to dinner with Pablo Neruda over his lifetime. This year marks the eighth since the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the main bookselling corridor in Baghdad. This week, the Arabic Literature (in English) blog celebrated the street’s rebuilding...
  • January 30, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews To celebrate the start of political relations between the United States and Cuba, Restless Books has begun a new blog series asking Cuban writers what it feels like to be a writer in Cuba today. (For more on this subject, see Leonardo Padura’s essay from the May 2013 issue, “Writing in Cuba in the Twenty-first Century.”) Wonderful news from Saqi Book...
  • January 23, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews This week, author Valeria Luiselli sat down with NPR to talk about why she chooses to have her work translated, despite being bilingual. (Luiselli’s forthcoming novel Stories of My Teeth is one of the books our editors are most looking forward to reading in 2015.) A hearty congratulations and very happy birthday wishes to our friends at ...
  • January 16, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews We want to send our congratulations to all of the recipients of this year’s Hemingway Grant, recognizing excellence in French literature translation. Ahead of the Digital Book World Conference next week in NYC, Publishers Marketplace is offering a complimentary report on the state of children’s ebooks and fan fiction. The longlist for the 2015 Intern...
  • January 9, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews In an announcement before the holidays, the Anton Chekhov Foundation revealed that it is working to translate over 500 of Chekhov’s earliest works into English. If Finnish is one of the most difficult languages to learn to read and write, how can the publishing world encourage writers to become Finnish translators? Books from Finland rounds...
  • December 19, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Libyan poet and translator Khaled Mattawa was recently announced as one of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipients, and in an interview with NPR, he talks about the translations that informed and inspired his writing style. We wish congratulations to 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste and Joanne Leedom-Ackerman for being nominated to the...
  • December 12, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews An exciting new discovery was recently made in Northern China: a tomb, dated approximately 1,000 years old, contained no human remains, but was filled with colorful murals and poetry. In the wake of protests around the world, the Mantle wonders if hashtag activism is actually effective in eliciting real change. In an interactive digital form...
  • December 5, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews We sadly note the passing of two literary greats this week: first, former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand, who passed away at the age of 80; second, Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour, who passed away in Cairo at the age of 68. As part of the BBC’s radio program Foreign Bodies, Zygmunt Miłoszewski and Joanna Jodelka reflect on how Polish crime fiction has...
  • MIa Couto
    November 21, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    2014 Neustadt Prize Laureate Mia Couto News, Reviews, and Interviews Last weekend, PEN International asked the international literary community to stand in solidarity against censorship, recognizing several authors currently facing imprisonment for their works. This week, the Arabic Literature (in English) blog responds with additional imprisoned authors that de...
  • Berlin Wall. Photo by Joede Sousa.
    November 14, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Joede Sousa News, Reviews, and Interviews This week, the world remembered the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place 25 years ago on November 9, 1989. This week, the Mantle provided a summary of the PEN World Voices Festival, which focused on Central European literature since the fall. (For more on how literature has changed in Central Europ...
  • Maaza Mengiste
    November 7, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Maaza Mengiste. Photo by Shevaun Williams News, Reviews, and Interviews Maaza Mengiste spoke with Mantle contributor Emmanuel Iduma this week about her photography projects, her writing process, and the inspiration behind her novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze. Two new issues of note to make sure you read this month: first, Poetry’s Transl...
  • Mia Couto receiving the Neustadt feather. Photo by Vanesssa Rudloff.
    October 31, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Mia Couto receiving the Neustadt feather. Photo by Vanesssa Rudloff. Thank you to all of our readers who supported the 2014 Neustadt Festival last week! It was a wonderful celebration of Mia Couto and African literature. Even if you weren’t able to make it in person, you can view the photos, read the Neustadt blog, and like the Neustadt Prize Facebook page to learn more about this year’s festivi...
  • October 17, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Join us in congratulating Patrick Modiano for winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature! Last week, publishing giant HarperCollins announced a new venture in German literature: HarperCollins Germany will expand the company’s Harlequin Hamburg offices and publish 50 new titles annually. Are poets a threat to US security? The Washington Post...
  • October 10, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews French novelist Patrick Modiano has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.  Last week, Laila Lalami spoke to NPR about her new novel, The Moor’s Account, which tells the story of a disastrous Spanish expedition in 1528. (You can also read Lalami’s essay “So to Speak” from the September 2009 issue of WLT, which was a finalist in...
  • October 3, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Writing for the Kenyon Review, Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa guides readers through the process of inspiration, translation, and writing poetry. The American Literary Translation Association announced the six very talented translators who will make up this year’s group of ALTA Fellows. Congrats, all! We were saddened to hear this week’s news th...
  • September 26, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week, readers everywhere (us included) celebrated Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read and authors whose books have been challenged, banned, and censored because of their content. Below, find reading lists, author interviews, and general news about banned and challenged books from around the world. News, Reviews, and Interviews Responding to Etgar Keret’s...
  • September 19, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews In one of the most controversial articles to circle the web recently, NPR writer and critic Juan Vidal wonders what has happened to political poets. (For an additional perspective, we invite you to read Rachel Tzvia Back’s essay on the poetry of protest in Israel from the May-August double issue of WLT.) Speculation about the 2014 Nobel Priz...
  • September 12, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews During the Edinburgh International Book Festival, author Michael Rosen asked a controversial question: what is the point of books? To honor the country she called home during her childhood, over 3,000 books from Doris Lessing’s personal collection are making their way to a library in Zimbabwe. Our very own editor in chief, Daniel Simon, spoke with Na...

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